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Rubies – A Poetry


THEY brought me rubies from the mine,

And held them to the sun;

I said, they are drops of frozen wine

From Eden’s vats that run.



I looked again,–I thought them hearts

Of friends to friends unknown;

Tides that should warm each neighboring life

Are locked in sparkling stone.



But fire to thaw that ruddy snow,

To break enchanted ice,

And give love’s scarlet tides to flow,–

When shall that sun arise?


–  Ralph Waldo Emerson







Panning For Rubies In Mogok


Imelda Marcos Jewels Put On Hold


Imelda With Her Big Emerald Ring And Earrings

Imelda is not only into shoes but her hoard of jewelries would be the envy of many countries dictators’ wives too.

Good to know what is going on in Philippines regarding the former First Lady who is still going strong at 80 and during last month election still won a seat in the lower house of the country’s parliament.

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo on Thursday called off her

administration’s efforts to sell the seized jewels of former first lady Imelda Marcos, saying this decision should be left to her successor.

The jewelry collection, which Manila once said was worth 336 million dollars, was seized after a popular revolt in 1986 toppled Ferdinand Marcos from power, sending him and his wife Imelda into exile in the US.

The collection includes a ruby pendant as large as a thumb and a 100-carat diamond necklace.

The government has charged that during the 20 years he was in power, Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda and his family stole billions from the state.  Imelda Marcos became famous for her jet-setting lifestyle during her husband’s presidency, amassing a huge collection of shoes and spending large amounts on luxuries while her country sank into poverty.

Her famous 30.76 ct. diamond bangle bracelet from Bulgari, NY, with a price tag still on it of $1,000,000 in 1986

Hundreds of criminal and civil charges have been filed against Imelda Marcos, but she has never been convicted and in this month’s national elections won a seat in the lower house of the country’s parliament. Her son was also elected to the senate, while one of her daughters was elected as governor of the family’s home province.

Barbie Doll Wearing a 1.00 ct Pink Diamond


Barbie Wearing A 1.0ct Pink Diamond Cubism Necklace

Wow! Barbie Doll wearing a rare 1.00 ct square cut pink Diamond with 3.0 ct of ascending white baguette and carre cut white diamonds.

This is the most expensive Barbie doll todate as unveiled at the Australian Fashion Week at the Queens Plaza, Brisbane last month from May 20 to May 25, 2010.

The jewelry piece for Barbie was created by world renowned jewelry designer Stefano Canturi with the collaboration from the toy maker Mattel  using a Cubism necklace featuring the rare pink diamond as the center stone from the famous Argyle mines in Australia.The Most Expensive Barbie Doll To Date

In the words of the designer Stefano Canturi : “Barbie is an icon. She is timeless. That is why I applied the Cubism design concept to her look.  It’s perfect for her.  The rarity of this pink diamond highlights how unique and special Barbie is…and the color pink, well that reminds us of her femininity.”

Valued at $600,000,  Barbie by Stefano Canturi will tour Australia and then the world before being auctioned for charity.

60 Anniversary Diamond Studded Snoopy


Diamonds Rubies Studded Snoopy

Snoopy is going to be 60 this October 2010.  To celebrate this momentous Diamond Anniversary, the Hong Kong fine jewelry company TSL created a 5.5” diamond statue of the iconic cartoon featuring 207 carats of gems, with a total of 9,917 white diamonds, 783 black diamonds and 415 rubies.  The statue is perhaps the most expensive of Snoopy ever being made.  Diamond Snoopy has been touring around China and has an estimated value of US$372,000.

Snoopy Snoopy Snoopy

(Remember Barbie wearing a 1.0 ct Pink Diamond)

60 Anniversary Gold Coin Of Snoopy

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Snoopy, Taisei Coins, a Japanese money commodity trader, minted a 50 New Zealand dollar gold coin, a large 10 New Zealand dollar silver coin and three two New Zealand coins.

The popular Peanuts comics by American cartoonist Charles M. Schulz is the story of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and the rest of the Peanuts gang which was debuted on 2 October, 1950.  What started as a comic strip turned TV show and book, gained worldwide adoration. The most notable of the bunch is of course Snoopy, the pet beagle of Charlie Brown.

Peanuts is a syndicated daily and Sunday comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz, which ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000 (the day after Schulz’s death), continuing in reruns afterward. The strip is considered to be one of the most popular and influential in the history of the medium, with 17,897 strips published in all, making it “arguably the longest story ever told by one human being”, according to Professor Robert Thompson of Syracuse University.  At its peak, Peanuts ran in over 2,600 newspapers, with a readership of 355 million in 75 countries, and was translated into 21 languages. It helped to cement the four-panel gag strip as the standard in the United States, and together with its merchandise earned Schulz more than $1 billion. Reprints of the strip are still syndicated and run in many newspapers.

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All That Glitters: Cool Stars, Hot Trends


Natalie Portman in Tiffany jewels at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter in West Hollywood in March 2010.

Nothing dresses the arms of Tinseltown ladies like oversize, jewel-studded bracelets. Any variety will do—cuffs, bangles, multi-coiled strands—and the wider, the better!

Jewels are becoming multi-taskers.  Necklaces double (and triple) as bracelets, and interchangeable earrings can shed a tier in no time. To that end, brooches and strands are aiming higher—for the hair—to perch atop the crowns of famous heads everywhere.

The goal of the oversize pendant is clear: It wants your attention. And celebrities are heeding its command. In saucer-size discs and tassel-laden masses, large pendants clamor for the spotlight and sometimes nab it, leaving the star to serve as the backdrop.

Colored jewels are lighting up awards shows in a rich range of vibrant tones. Sapphires, citrines, garnets…name a stone, and it’s adorning America’s biggest stars. But diamonds needn’t worry—they have supporting roles as pavé.

This story appears in the June 2010 issue of JCK Magazine.  ( www.jckonline.com)

Antique & Modern Cameos


Cameos, carvings or simulated carvings featured raised images of faces or figures, are once again back in vogue. One of the first glimmers of this trend showed up in the November 2010 issue of More magazine, which showcased modern versions of cameos in the style of Queen Victoria’s era.


From the November 2010 issue of More magazine, cameo jewelry featured consists of a brass and resin charm necklace from R.J. Graziano, a metal and Lucite brooch from Fantasy Jewelry Box and a Yochi metal and Lucite brooch along with a resin bead bracelet from Sequin.


The April 2011 issue of InStyle similarly highlights modern versions of cameos, stating: “These decorative carvings have left the Victorian age behind thanks to edgy new settings and updated materials, such as oxidized sterling silver.” The jewelry pictured consists of two sterling silver bracelets from Bottega Veneta, the bangle with a lava stone cameo; a sterling silver and glass ring from Gem Kingdom; gold plate, Lucite and plastic earrings from Issy Salomon, and a rhodium plate and Lucite necklace from Yochi.


Antique cameos carved from materials such as onyx, agate, coral, lava or shell and typically set in karat gold are also very much back in vogue. Sarah Taylor writes in the February 2011 issue of W Magazine: “Long considered aristocratic, sentimental, and romantic, cameos have never been seen as cool. Until now.”  The jewelry pictured (clockwise from top) consists of a mix of antique and new versions:  an antique necklace from Fred Leighton; antique brooch from James Robinson; antique brooch from Fred Leighton; earring from Gennaro Borriello; earring from Bottega Veneta; pendant and earring from Amedeo by M+M Scognamiglio, and antique ring from Kentshire.


Singer Miley Cyrus, now a lovely young woman of 18, is pictured in the March 2011 issue of Marie Claire wearing a silvery mesh dress from AF Vandevorst with a cameo ring from Gem Kingdom. She also wears a snake-chain bracelet from Janis by Janis Savitt, a sculptural cuff from Jen Kao, bangles from Assad Mounser and a beaded bangle from Carol Marie.


Also in the March 2011 issue of Marie Claire is this photo of a model wearing a Chanel dress accompanied by cameo earrings and bracelets from Gem Kingdom along with an agate bracelet from Stephen Dweck and a cameo-adorned cuff from House of Lavande.


The March 2011 issue of More accessorizes a trendy floral print top and skirt from Vera Wang with silver cameo earrings from Bottega Veneta.  Wearing either precious antique cameos or their edgy modern versions might put one at the head of the class in fashion this season.

Original post by Cynthia Sliwa on www.jckonline.com

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